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10:30 AM ET, February 15, 2007

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Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Liberal Bloggers, Libby Trial Is Fun and Fodder  —  The perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr., former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, has drawn every major news organization in the country to the federal courthouse in Washington.  But none has fielded a bigger team …
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Alex Beam / Boston Globe:
Libby trial — when memory doesn't serve
Washington Post:   Defense Attorneys Rest Libby's Case
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Dane Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Seriously, Franken's running for Senate  —  The comedian-turned-politician will bring controversy and a show-business spotlight to his bid to unseat Norm Coleman.  —  As he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Al Franken confronted the central question he may face in the early going …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Inimitable, Inevitable Al?
Discussion: Washington Post and Jay Reding.com
Richard Corliss / Time:
Vote for Me, Al Franken
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FRANKENHEIT 9/11, ONCE MORE ONCE  —  Today Al Franken formally …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: President Rush Limbaugh, Vice President Ann Coulter  —  Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter play President and Vice President on Fox News' new satirical television show premiering Sunday Night at 10pm Eastern:  —  Listen to Rush talk about his appearance here.  —  Blowback
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CNN:
CNN LARRY KING LIVE  —  Interview With Rudy Giuliani  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  LARRY KING, CNN ANCHOR: Tonight, Rudolph Giuliani answers the big one.  —  KING: Are you running or not?  —  GIULIANI: Yes, I'm running.
Discussion: TIME
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Giuliani Says He Is Running for President in '08  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday removed any lingering doubts that he was running for president, and, without mentioning President Bush by name, offered pointed criticism on how the Iraq war has been handled.
Rob Gifford / NPR:
U.S. on List of UNICEF's Worst Countries for Kids  —  · A new report from the U.N. Children's Fund says the United States and Britain are the worst countries in the industrialized world in which to be a child.  UNICEF says an examination of 40 factors, such as poverty, deprivation …
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
A Prewar Slide Show Cast Iraq in Rosy Hues  —  When Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his top officers gathered in August 2002 to review an invasion plan for Iraq, it reflected a decidedly upbeat vision of what the country would look like four years after Saddam Hussein was ousted from power.
cbs4.com:
Tim Hardaway: 'I Hate Gay People'  —  Click PLAY Former NBA Player John Amaechi Interview, Full Hardaway Comments … (CBS4) MIAMI Former Miami Heat superstar Tim Hardaway told a local sports radio show that he "hates gay people."  —  Hardaway made the comments while he was being interviewed …
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Ariane deVogue / Legalities:
INSECURITY  —  Justice Kennedy made an unusual appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, ostensibly to talk about "Judicial Security and Independence."  It was billed as a very big deal.  In a press release last week, Chairman Patrick Leahy called it the …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Looks Beyond War Measure to Fight on Funding  —  With Republicans speaking out against President Bush's war policy on the House floor yesterday, GOP leaders and the White House conceded defeat on a resolution opposing sending additional U.S. troops to Iraq and began looking toward the coming battle over the war's funding.
Discussion: The Corner and Prairie Weather
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraq adviser: al-Sadr in Iran  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - An adviser to Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in Iran, but denied he fled due to fear of arrest during an escalating security crackdown.  —  Sami al-Askari said al-Sadr traveled to Iran by land …
bridgenews.org:
Can we really support these troops?  —  During a heated debate in a class I teach on social justice, several US Marines who had done tours in Iraq told me that they had "sacrificed" by "serving" in Iraq so that I could enjoy the freedom to teach in the USA.  Parroting their master's slogan about …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TERRORISM....A recent post from Glenn Reynolds about how we ought to be responding to Iran has been batted around quite a bit in the past few days.  Here's Glenn: … I imagine a lot of people agree with Glenn, but his recommendation really demonstrates the moral knot caused by George Bush's insistence …
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Bill will Bubba to the surface  —  He's kept low profile, but soon will host big Hil event  —  WASHINGTON - There's one thing that's been missing from Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 rollout - her would-be White House spouse, Bill Clinton.  —  But the Daily News has learned that will soon change …
Discussion: First Read
Charlotte Observer:
Black resigns House seat  —  Ex-speaker, expected to plead guilty to public corruption today, absent in chambers  —  RALEIGH - Former House Speaker Jim Black resigned his seat in the General Assembly on Wednesday, a day before he is expected to plead guilty to public corruption.
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
The Politico:
McCain Leads Chase for Senate Support  —  In 2000, it was easier to troll for favorable quotes about John McCain among his Democratic colleagues than to find Republican senators ready to say nice things about a man they had served with for years.  In the end, McCain snared a grand total …
 
 
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Kaine to Back Obama's Bid for Democratic Nomination
Discussion: The Caucus
Lawrence Haas / Examiner:
Democrats should beware of the post-Vietnam syndrome
Opinion Journal:
Awaiting the Dishonor Roll
Milblogging.com:
Nominations are now Open for the 2006 Milbloggies
Discussion: Andrew Olmsted and Op For
Ralph Peters / Real Clear Politics:
Sunni vs. Shi'a: It's Not All Islam
Discussion: Redstate and The Daily Dish
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
...And Races To Curb Bush on the War
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Democrats try to stifle calls to 'defund' war
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Libby's cynical defense
 Earlier Items: 
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Barack Obama's On-Point Message Man
Associated Press:
Lobbyist, Fed Lawyer Share Vacation Home
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
LAWYER ADMITS LEAKING BALCO TESTIMONY
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Conservatives Assail North Korea Accord
Tyler Harbert / University Daily Kansan:
Blogs forge new political grounds
Atrios / Eschaton:
Conscience and Soul  —  Reading through the interview …
The Australian:
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